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Camila Giorgi battles past Kaia Kanepi in a thrilling first round match at the Miami Open



Camila Giorgi battled past Kaia Kanepi 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) in a marathon match to reach the second round at the Miami Open. 


Giorgi earned an early break to open up a 3-0 lead in the opening set, but she did not convert three double break in the fourth game. Giorgi saved a break point in the seventh game to build up a 5-2 lead. Kanepi broke back in the ninth game to draw level and held serve to draw level to 5-5. Kanepi saved a break point in the 12th game to hold serve forcing the first set to the tie-break. Giorgi went down 2-3 but she won five of the next six points to clinch the first set 7-4. 

Giorgi went up an early break in the first game of the second set and saved two break points to hold serve in the sixth game for 4-2. Kanepi broke back in the eighth game to draw level to draw level to 4-4. Giorgi saved a set point in the 12th game to send the second set to another tie-break. Kanepi won the final three points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Giorgi earned a double break to race out to a 5-0 lead. Kanepi pulled both break points and saved a second match point to draw level to 5-5. Giorgi earned two mini-breaks to clinch the tie-break 7-4. 

Romania’s Irina Camelia Begu came back from 1-5 down in the second set and saved five set points to beat reigning US Open junior champion Alexandra Eala 6-2 7-5 in 1 hour and 51 minutes. 

Begu went down an early break in the first set to trail 0-2, but she came back by winning six consecutive games to clinch the first set 6-2. 

Eala went up an early break to take a 2-0 lead, but Begu broke straight back at love in the third game. Eala won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to earn her first set point serving at 5-1, but Begu pulled one break back for 3-5 with a forehand winner into the corner. Begu converted her fifth break point in a eight-deuce ninth game for 4-5. The Romanian earned her third break and completed her come-back by winning her sixth consecutive game from 1-5 down to close out the second set 7-5. 

Wang Xiyu edged past 15-year-old Brenda Fruhvirtova 6-0 7-5 in 1 hor and 51 minutes. Wang raced out to a 6-0 3-0 lead with four breaks of serve, but she held off a come-back from Fruhvirtova, who pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. Both players went on serve until the 12thgame, when Wang earned her decisive break on her first match point with a forehand winner to seal the second set 7-5. 

This year’s Austin champion Marta Kostyuk beat Hobart finalist Martina Cocciaretto 6-3 6-2. Kostyuk earned her fourth break point to take a 3-1 lead and saved three break points in the seventh game to win the first set 6-3. Kostyuk broke twice in the third and seventh games to win the second set 6-2. 

Mirjam Bjorklund came back from one set down to beat Jasmine Paolini 4-6 6-4 6-4. Paolini went up a 3-1 40-15 in the third set, but Kostyuk broke back in the fifth game. Bjorklund earned her second break and saved two break-back points to close out with a hold serve at deuce. 

 Anna Kalinskaya came back from a break down in the first set to beat Andorran 17-year-old player Victoria Jimenez 6-4 6-2 setting up a second round match against last week’s Indian Wells champion Elena Rybakina. 

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Is Iga Swiatek On Her Way To Becoming A Roland Garros Legend?



Rafa Nadal couldn’t have done it better.


There was Iga Swiatek dominating another top 10 opponent on the court Rafa loves so much, while her favourite player is still sidelined by hip surgery and expects his legendary career to come to a close next year.

Indeed, Swiatek may be on her way to becoming a legend herself on Court Philippe Chatrier at the French Open. The Polish Wonder already owns two titles at Roland Garros and is in line to possibly win two more matches there over the next three days for a third French title.

Of course, that’s a long way from the number of titles Nadal has won in the Paris Grand Slam. Fourteen titles sound like an out-of-reach dream for anyone to capture at the same Grand Slam, even the 22-year-old Swiatek.


The top-ranked Swiatek was on her game in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, starting strong and then winning nine of the last 12 games against young Coco Gauff in a 6-4, 6-2 win over last year’s runner-up.

Gauff played her usual aggressive game, but at times appeared to go for too much too often. She appeared to overpower Swiatek at times with her big serve, but only on first serves. Otherwise, the 19-year-old American didn’t seem to have her weapons under control much of the match.


No one in the women’s game anticipates better than Swiatek. She always appears to be ready for the next shot.

Opponents can never count Iga out. And allowing her to get ahead in a match is almost like turning over the controls to Swiatek, who already owns three Grand Slam titles and has now advanced to the semifinals in four of her last six Grand Slams.

Swiatek jumped out to a 3-1 lead against the sixth-ranked Gauff, then dropped a pair of games before taking full charge of the match.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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Casper Ruud Topples Rune To Reach French Open Semis



Casper Ruud came out on top in his all-Scandinavian clash with Holger Rune to seal his place in the semi-finals of the French Open. 


Ruud, who is seeded fourth in the draw, battled to a 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, win over his Danish opponent in what was a topsy-turvy encounter on the Philippe Chatrier Court. It is the second year in a row that the Norwegian has defeated Rune in the last eight of Roland Garros and he now leads their head-to-head 6-1. He is through to the last four of a major for only the third time in his career. 

“I’m very relieved. I came into this match trying to not play with pressure but it is not easy when you’re playing a big match against Holger who is never easy,” Rune said during his post-match interview. “He is very aggressive. Luckily for me the first two sets he wasn’t feeling it too well. He made a lot of errors and I got a lot of points for free.’
“That helped settle my nerves but he fought back in the third set. In the fourth set, I was lucky to keep that break.”

The highly anticipated nighttime clash began in one-way fashion with Ruud claiming 12 out of the first 15 games with relative ease as an erratic Rune struggled to find his game on the court, hitting a total of 40 unforced errors during the first two sets. 

It wasn’t until the third frame that Ruud finally faced some resistance on the court as his opponent orchestrated the crowd to get behind him. Prompting the 20-year-old to hit a series of impressive shots to revive his hopes.

However, Rune’s comeback was short-lived as Ruud broke once more midway through the fourth set as he moved to a game away from victory. He earned his first match point at 5-2 following a double fault from his rival but failed to convert. Two more opportunities then came and went for Ruud before he managed to serve the match out in the following game.

“I think I did well,” he replied when asked about how he handled his nerves. “I kind of looked at it (the match) as if he was the favourite. He won the last time we played and he has had a better year than me so far.’
“He was hoping to get into his first (Grand Slam) semi-final and I was hungry to get into another semi-final. Luckily it worked out well for me.”

Awaiting the 24-year-old in the semi-finals on Friday will be Alexander Zverev who defeated Tomás Martín Etcheverry in four sets. He trails their head-to-head 1-2 but they have never faced each other on clay. 

“Ruud has been there before. He was in the final here last year, so he knows exactly what it means and what it takes,” Zverev told reporters.  

Ruud is now 16-5 this season when it comes to playing matches on the clay. Since the start of 2020, he has registered 86 wins on the surface which is more than any other player on the ATP Tour.

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Alexander Zverev Reaches French Open Semis 12 Months After Horrific Injury



Alexander Zverev says there is still work to be done at the French Open after sealing his place in the semi-finals of the tournament on Wednesday. 


The world No.27 battled to a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, win over Argentine underdog Tomas Martin Etcheverry in a match that featured numerous lengthy rallies. After dropping the second set, Zverev then had to bounce back from a break down at the start of the third before restoring his lead. Overall, he hit 45 winners to 44 unforced errors and converted five out of 11 break point opportunities. 

“I’m happy to be in a semifinal of a Grand Slam any time that I’m there but for me, the tournament is not over,” Zverev said during his press conference.
“I’m happy to be here, but I know that hopefully I have two more matches ahead, and they’re not going to get easier.”

It is the third consecutive season that Zverev has reached the last four at Roland Garros and the sixth time he has done so at a Grand Slam so far in his career. He has now won 13 consecutive matches against players ranked outside of the top 20 at the French Open. 

Unlike his previous Grand Slam runs, this one is perhaps more sweeter for the German considering what he has been through over the past year. At the clay court major in 2022, he took on Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals where he suffered a severe ankle injury that ended up sidelining him from competition for seven months.

“I couldn’t play for the first seven months of my injury. Then for the next three, four months, I was still in pain. I wasn’t able to move the way I wanted to.” Zverev recounted.
“I think I’m at a stage now where I’m not thinking about the injury so much anymore. I’m not thinking about what happened. I’m just happy to be back where I was last year, and I have another chance. Hopefully I can take it.”

Despite his credentials, Zverev has only featured in the final of a major tournament once before. That was at the 2020 US Open where he led Dominic Thiem by two sets to love before losing the match in five. 

His record is a stark contrast to that on the ATP Tour where he has reached 30 finals, winning 19 titles. His collection includes two ATP Finals trophies, a gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics and five Masters 1000 crowns.

“Grand Slams are tennis history. That’s what you play for. I think the two most important things in tennis are Grand Slams and the Olympic Games.” He said.
“When you are in a semifinal or final of either of those, I think that’s very different from being in a final of another tournament.”

Zverev is aiming to become the first German man to reach a French Open final since Michael Stich in 1996. 

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